I'm finally biting the bullet and have decided to build a bit of an overkill workstation. Goals: reduce down time for rendering and FEA calculations. I spent some time trying to research the right components and wow did that give me a bit of a headache! A lot seems to be geared towards the gaming industry which is very large but not ideal for SW, catia, mathlab, mathematica etc... here's what I've been able to figure so far and if it's not correct please let me know. I have a std ATX form case from my current station I'd like to retain as it has a nice liquid cooling setup for the CPU. MOBO: P8P67 WS Revolution REV 3.0 Socket: 1155 - figured best option to stay current in the next couple yrs CPU: i7 2600K -seems to be a good choice, not sure if the integrated graphics hurts/helps? video: Nvidia quadro 4000 - mid/high end and middle road in cost - overkill? some reviews state low usage for cad programs but no reason why. The quadro video card is a suggested one for SW's but I'm not clear on how it should match up to the CPU or MOBO. as for HD and power supply, not sure. I figure 1000W is a good choice but reviews are sketchy at that level for PS mfgs. HD setup? that's one that has got me scratching my head, raid 0, 1, 5, 10 ???? I get the concept but fail to see the advantage over a single disk - help on that one. I figure it'll run 2-3k to set up a good station just dedicated to engineering and modeling. If I'm missing anything let me know.